What is Clarion: Clarion is a Japanese manufacturer of car audio, automotive navigation systems, AutoPCs, visual equipment, bus equipment, and communication equipment.
Clarion was established in December, 1940 as Hakusan Wireless Electric Company with an initial capital of 180,000 yen. It began manufacturing of battery operated household radios
- In 1943, it Merged with Takizawa Wireless Electric Industries Co., Ltd., to form Teikoku Dempa Co., Ltd.
- Till 2005, products in Japan were marketed under the brand name AddZest, while outside of Japan the same product typically carried the new name brand. This was changed in 2006, and the brand “Clarion” along with a redesigned logo is now used worldwide.
- A contest held annually to select the Clarion Girl started in 1975, and is now co-sponsored by Fuji TV.
- They have an OEM relationship with many automotive companies, providing car headunits and components to them for their production vehicles. Clients include Suzuki, Ford, Volkswagen, Proton, Subaru and Peugeot
- From car radio to audio-visual devices and beyond to car navigation systems, although times may change, they continue to pursue the “ideal interface for music and information” for the car as well as all other mobile environments,
- They also created Japan’s first car radio and first car stereo .